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Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith talks sexual abuse

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One of the recurring lines that Ariana Kukors Smith says she heard from her swim coach Sean Hutchison was that she was "the most impressive person" he had ever met.

"He built this web of trust. That's what predators do. They put you on an island, a pedestal," says Kukors Smith, the former Olympic swimmer who grew up near Seattle. "They isolate you."

Kukors Smith, 28, says now that Hutchison's grooming of her began when she was 13 and then gave way to years-long sexual abuse.

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